Thanks to Poe Ghostals’ “Does collecting toys make you unhappy?” I was directed to io9’s post on toy collecting where Rob Bricken comes out with it, telling all of us that he’s caught in a habit of collecting toys. Not displaying and playing with toys. Collecting toys. Collecting boxes and boxes of toys that are never truly loved.
This is something a collector of anything goes through at some point, and it’s how you tackle the issue that really has to answer Poe’s question: Does collecting toys make you unhappy?. My answer to the question?
I fully understand the problem of unopened boxes because I have those. I have closets full of unopened boxes. I have a storage unit packed with unopened boxes (as well as empty statue boxes; gotta be ready to move those statues in the future). But none of this makes me unhappy because I enjoy the act of opening boxes and playing with and photographing toys. And, fortunately, I have a supportive wife who has helped me to construct some very nice display spaces in our home. And we’re going to build more!
And running battlegrip.com is a part of the unopened boxes issue. I see things I want to photograph and review so I grab them, fully intending to share the toys with the world. And then there are projects like Transforming Collections where I take it up a notch and start creating a book for myself and others to enjoy. The book is coming together slowly, but it is looking great and I am already starting to collect more pieces in a different line of toys in anticipation of launching another book project.
Collecting toys makes me happy. It’s a distraction from the stresses of work and with battlegrip.com I have a small creative outlet where I can combine toys with the fun of some writing, the occasional artwork, and the joy of photographing toys.
I just hope that what I do helps some of you better enjoy toys.
- BattleGrip Review – Hercules Purple Mixing Barrel (transformingcollections.com)
- Interview with JC Hong, Hot Toys Chief Painter and Product Designer (actionfigurepics.com)
- Poll – Select One Special Feature for Glyos System Week (battlegrip.com)